pass a vector from matlab to a c++ program

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Simon Wiesheier
Simon Wiesheier on 13 Aug 2022
Commented: Torsten on 14 Aug 2022
function res = fun(p,y)
s = call_a_cpp_program_which_operates_on_p
res = s - y;
In the above function, 'p' is a vector and 's' as well. I have to pass the vector 'p' to a c++ program to compute 's'. The above function is called several times.
My idea is to first write the vector 'p' in a file, which the c++ program reads in. The c++ program writes its output 's' also in a file, which MATLAB can read in.
Probably this would work, but is there a better approach to transfer the vector 'p' from MATLAB to my c++ program?
Torsten on 14 Aug 2022
In such cases I always say:
The proof of the pudding is in the eating (Probieren geht über Studieren).

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Answers (1)

James Tursa
James Tursa on 14 Aug 2022
Edited: James Tursa on 14 Aug 2022
This really depends on what your C++ program does, but the simplest approach is to use a mex routine. You will need a supported C++ compiler installed. An example of a bare bones (i.e., no argument checking) C++ mex routine is as follows:
// File mymex.cpp
// Y = mymex(X)
// where X = a full double variable
// Y = 2.0 * X
#include "mex.h"
void mexFunction(int nlhs, mxArray *plhs[], int nrhs, const mxArray *prhs[])
mwSize i, n;
double *p;
plhs[0] = mxDuplicateArray(prhs[0]); // Create the output variable as a deep copy of input
n = mxGetNumberOfElements(prhs[0]); // Number of elements of input variable
p = (double *) mxGetData(prhs[0]); // Pointer to output variable data
for( i=0; i<n; i++ ) {
p[i] *= 2.0; // Multiply the output elements by 2.0
Save this file under the name mymex.cpp, then compile it with the mex command:
mex mymex.cpp
This routine simply returns the input variable multiplied by 2. E.g.,
x = 1:5;
y = mymex(x)
Another approach is to have your C++ code compiled as a library, and then use the loadlibrary( ) and calllib( ) functionality to call the C++ routine.
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Simon Wiesheier
Simon Wiesheier on 14 Aug 2022
Thanks for your answer James. I think I can make it with your suggestions to pass the vector.
Given the discussion with Torsten in the comments above, can you help regarding the communication between MATLAB and my c++ program?

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